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By Alan Ng | March 25, 2020

SXSW 2020 FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW! Short films yield short reviews. It’s a fact and clocking in at just over 3 minutes, Chelsea Devantez’s Basic review will be brief. Rightfully so, because it’s funny with a punchline that can’t be spoiled.

Does your friend’s social media timeline sometimes become the source of great annoyance? If yes, do you ever succumb to the temptation to mock your friend’s feed with vapid inner monologues secretly? I know you have, just not out loud. That’s what happens to Gloria (Chelsea Devantez) as she goes through Kaylinn’s (Georgia Mischak) Instagram photos, lampooning it in the voice of a “Lil’ ho!” with a spot-on blonde accent. She’s “basic!” When she reaches the photos of the lovebirds Gloria and Nick (Nelson Franklin), it’s no-holds-barred.

“…lampooning it in the voice of a ‘Lil’ ho!’ with a spot-on blonde accent. She’s “basic!'”

In three minutes, Chelsea Devantez tells a hilarious story with a smart, laugh-out-loud punchline at the end. Wonderfully acted, shot, and produced. It’s lean and mean, and gets right to the point. The visuals of Kaylinn captures Gloria’s indignant tone beautifully. My standards for comedy shorts are high, and Basic more than meets them. Basic is available to watch at

Basic was scheduled to screen at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival. It screened at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

If you would like to see for yourself, check out Basic at this link which is playing as part of Mailchimp’s SXSW Support the Shorts program.

Basic (2020)

Directed and Written: Chelsea Devantez

Starring: Nelson Franklin, Georgia Mischak, Chelsea Devantez, etc.

Movie score: 8/10

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"…a hilarious story with a smart, laugh-out-loud punchline..."

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